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  1. Keith_J

    M1031 to RV tug..

    My life has changed quite a bit in the past 2 years, first I am flying solo again, second my job has me on the road for what they call short term assignments. Which is why I want to ditch the apartment life and tug my home behind my 1031. My sights are set on a mid 20 foot bumper tow, I have...
  2. Keith_J

    M1031 SECM ride height?

    The rear shocks on my 1031 have gone out, vibration at 55 MPH despite new balance of the wheels. Looking around, I noticed a lot of rust dust on the lower leaves of the springs plus the top helper springs are nearly touching fore and aft...plus it looks like the rear end is riding lower. I...
  3. Keith_J

    Guess batteries only last 4 years...

    Last weekend was the monthly load test on m 002A and I was demonstrating it to a friend. Would not start as batteries were a tad low. And I always disconnect the ground lug on the low battery. I charged them for 24 hours at 2 amps and it started. these are BCI 51R type. Since I did some...
  4. Keith_J

    Recommended mechanic to change timing chain on 6.2i would do it if I had the time

    The boy's M1009 with 71k on the odometer developed a slack timing chain noise yesterday, it only happens at idle. anyone have a recommended mechanic in the central Texas area? New Braunfels to Boerne, north of San Antonio. Don't want to go more than 50 miles. I would do it if I had the time...
  5. Keith_J

    Not too happy with ASP alternator rebuild kits..

    Last year, I decided to renew the alternators in my 1031 SECM using Alternator and Starter Parts Wharehouse kits. Three weeks ago, I had a serious over voltage on the front battery/driver's side alternator. Replaced the regulator which brought voltage down but it didn't have enough current to...
  6. Keith_J

    Death wobble AGAIN!?

    Back in 2012, my 1031 developed serious death wobble, the steering stabilizer was leaking oil and corroded so I replaced that along with the upper kingpin bushings and springs. This cured it. Doing my annual service last week, I greased everything and suddenly DW returned. And the steering...
  7. Keith_J

    Sad day for my M1031 SECM...

    One of the most important pieces of equipment on the FMV broke in the line of service. I was pressing in another universal joint, on a civy vehicle, and the vise broke. Nasty snap, the alignment tang on the moving jaw snapped right at the jaw. Heavy cast iron but it is probably repairable...
  8. Keith_J

    Cool and rainy, stuck at home taping and floating ceiling when all of a sudden...

    Power outage! Dang, I will have to use the MMEP 002A. The double M is for more as it is self propelled[thumbzup]. But still, 75 yards to the shop in the torrential downpour, motoring it 200 yards around the house to the service entrance point, then manual hook up...there has to be a better...
  9. Keith_J

    I need 100 kW of 480 3 phase...

    Actually, my employer needs it. We have an old Winco that refused to start yesterday. It is a 6BT powered unit, with the Lucas CAV injector pump, bad fuel probably froze plungers or transfer pump vanes. Inlet screen was plugged, separator had a cup of water in it. so I was looking at an...
  10. Keith_J

    Doesn't take much to stick my 1031

    I park my SECM in the south lot here at casa J as it is shaded and I am a shade tree mechanic. The remains of pacific hurricane Vance coupled with a cold front to give is 7" of much needed rain. Last night, son #2 hit a puddle of water on his way home from university and the engine quit. So I...
  11. Keith_J

    MEP 026C voltage output too high

    Finally got one of those round toits and dug into my 026C (3kW 28 volt DC version of the 016C). I had fixed the carb and fuel system, starts and runs fine but even with the voltage adjustment in the lowest position, output is 35 volts. The voltage adjustment works, peaking out at 44 volts...
  12. Keith_J

    It is ALIVE!

    Not my MEP003a but another member's. What had happened was over two years of inop which varnished the injection pump. When we tried to start it, the Oldham key seized. Then when pulling the pump, the delivery valve spacer fell apart. And the nylon ball end link snapped. But we managed to...
  13. Keith_J

    Monthly run up, PMCS with ulterior motive

    I have some deer skulls in process of European mounts, bleached skulls. Instead of using a stove, I am using water heater element to load the generator and boil the skulls in oxyclean detergent. Most of the time, I use the boiling water for weed killing. Now the monthly run will be for hours.
  14. Keith_J

    27SI ROTOR rewind?

    It finally hit me, an alternator that a repair kit couldn't fix. Since I couldn't find a replacement rotor and the vehicle is a daily driver for the youngest son, I broke down and bought an autozone non isolated ground. It I'd for the left side position, working fine now. looking over the...
  15. Keith_J

    Making a fuel tank?

    I have an older MEP-026A that came without a fuel tank, I fixed the carburetor and it runs fine off remote tank, just have a few other issues to work through like exhaust manifold leaking and needs a good PMCS Monday. All the other parts are sourced, I just cannot find a fuel tank. So, I took...
  16. Keith_J

    Aging alternator rectifier bridge? Alternators not producing 100 amperes?

    I'm trying to make my 1031 perfect, one thing that bothers me is the afterglow period of the glow plugs dips the voltmeter deep into the yellow so I hooked my voltmeter to the system while starting and running. Sure enough, system voltage drops into the 23 volt range when glow plugs are on and...
  17. Keith_J

    Broken starter nose cone

    Yes, it happened. That is why I had the starter hang-on. This time, it caused a little overheating of the starter, took me 45 seconds to pull batteries. But the heat was from friction, not resistance so the windings in the field and rotor look fine. Just a bit of steel wear, not an issue...
  18. Keith_J

    Discovered why my 1031 clatters...

    I thought it was because it had so few miles (9009 when purchased in 2012, 14250 now). I just noticed the wiring for the governor install is WRONG!!! This was done at Able Body Manufacturing or where the US Army had the work body and generator installed. In stock configuration, the cold start...
  19. Keith_J

    Most unique air conditioning in a CUCV

    FINALLY finished the project started in 2012, AC for my 1031. Basically, a large 24 volt DC motor is driving a Sanden SD7B10 compressor direct drive. The condenser is mounted conventionally, using the engine cooling fan and the evaporator is a small under dash unit. Aside from 2 holes in the...
  20. Keith_J

    Padded dash repair?

    Sure, why not? I am using a Permatex Vinyl/Leather repair kit http://www.permatex.com/component/virtuemart/permatex--vinyl---leather-repair-kit-detail for the final cosmetic fix but years of sun and heat shrunk it to create huge canyons...not having flexible polyurethane foam, I elected to use...
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